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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Underworld reign in Bollywood returns?

Prashant Singh and Dibyojyoti Baksi , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 04, 2013
First Published: 16:39 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:14 IST(4/10/2013)

Bollywood and gangsters share an interesting equation — the former makes movies featuring real-life underworld men, while the kingpin have been known to date actresses. Now, with singer Sonu Nigam reportedly being threatened by the underworld, the D-gang seems to have reared its head in B-town once again.

“Thnks family. 4 d concern. On anthr note, I ddn't go 2 d police, they got 2 know thru their intellgence. When one's conscience is clear, he doesn't experience fear. One tries to analyse. And world is not bad despite it's repercussions (sic),” tweeted the singer.

Last month too, producer Boney Kapoor received death threats from an unidentified person, suspected to be linked to underworld don Ravi Pujari’s gang. But this nexus is a thing of the past, says the fraternity. “I can assure you that there’s no nexus between Bollywood and the underworld. I am not privy to details, but I feel that the security forces are on the top of their game right now. And as a result, they are so strong that they are fully capable of nipping any such thing right in the bud. As far as I am concerned, I feel completely safe in the city,” says Kapoor.

To this, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, who was shot at in January 2000 when he was leaving his office, says, “ I don’t have much of an idea about the case. But as part of the film fraternity, I can say that if it’s still happening (the nexus), it’s a sad thing. I’m sure others from the industry will also share this view.”

Mahesh Bhatt, who has reportedly received threatening calls in the past, maintains it’s a grey area: “The answer lies somewhere between yes and no. As far as I am concerned, the ‘real industry’ has never flirted with the mob. But I can’t in absolute certainty claim that none of us have anything to do with the underworld. When our fraternity meets the Mumbai police to discuss other issues, we will take this up too in a big way.”

As part of the fraternity, I can say that if it’s still happening (the nexus), then it’s a sad thing
Rakesh Roshan

If these threats spread like an epidemic, the whole industry should come together and take a strong stand  - Pritish Nandy

When our fraternity meets Mumbai police, we will take this up in a big way
Mahesh Bhatt

Blast from the past
Rakesh Roshan was shot at by two armed men in 2000. He had also received threats in 2004

Karan Johar got extortion threats via text message from an unknown number in September this year. He was provided armed guards by the police

Ram Gopal Varma had also reportedly received threatening calls in July. The filmmaker was asked to cut certain lines from his upcoming gangster flick, Satya 2

Members of the Ejaz Lakdawala gang barged into Sajid Nadiadwala’s office and threatened him in 2010. Nadiadwala was provided police security.

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